ERIC Number: ED456519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Unused Capacity in Privately Funded Michigan Schools: Survey of Excess School Capacity To Help Ease Overcrowded Classrooms and Accommodate School Choice.
Brouillette, Matthew J.
Some proponents of Michigan education reform have suggested that private schools could be used to reduce student overcrowding in public schools without the need for new taxes to construct additional schools. Another proposal includes using vouchers and tax credits to enhance parental school-choice options. Both proposals depend upon the ability and willingness of privately funded schools to accommodate additional students. Little research has been done to determine whether they have the resources and capacity to take on more students or would be willing to participate in accepting more students. A survey of private schools was conducted to determine these factors for the 1998-99 school year and beyond. Questionnaires were mailed to 1,058 privately funded schools. Results gathered from 342 of them reveal that these schools could have accommodated more than 3 percent of Michigan's public-school enrollment in the 1998-99 school year. Responding schools also reported a willingness and ability to accommodate additional students and to expand in the future if demand justified it. Survey results suggest that proposals to expand parental choice in education or use privately funded schools to ease overcrowding in government schools could be both practical and efficient. The appendix tabulates the variety of Michigan privately funded schools. (RT)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Schools, School Choice, School Space, School Surveys, Space Utilization
For full text: http://www.mackinac.org/article.asp?ID=1626.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan